College football notes: Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough broke his leg in title game

College football notes: Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough broke his leg in title game
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough returns to the field after suffering an apparent leg injury during the national championship game on Jan. 9.
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Alabama tailback Bo Scarbrough fractured a bone in his lower right leg in the national championship game. 

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that Scarbrough’s injury won’t require surgery and that he’s expected to fully recover. 

Scarbrough was injured late in the third quarter of Monday night’s 35-31 loss to Clemson and didn’t return. 

He had run for 93 yards with first-half touchdowns of 25 and 37 yards. 


Scarbrough made his second career start in the game after running for 180 yards in the semifinals against Washington. 

He finished the season with 812 yards and 11 touchdowns. 


Jabrill Peppers has decided to enter the NFL draft and skip his senior season at Michigan. 


The Heisman Trophy finalist announced his plans Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers is projected to be a first-round pick in April. 

He did not play for the sixth-ranked Wolverines in a 33-32 loss to No. 10 Florida State on Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl because of an injured left hamstring. 

Peppers usually played linebacker, one of 15 positions the team says he played last season on defense, offense and special teams. Peppers won the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile college football player. 

Michigan (10-3) finished No. 10 in the final Associated Press college football poll . 


Offensive tackle Rod Johnson, who has been a mainstay on Florida State’s offensive line, will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. 

Johnson started 31 straight games at left tackle for the Seminoles, who were 10-3 this season and ranked eighth in the final Top 25 poll. He has won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy the past two seasons, which is given to the top offensive lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

He said in a statement on Tuesday that he made the decision after further discussions with family. 


Johnson is the second Florida State player to announce he is leaving early. Running back Dalvin Cook, who rushed for a school-record 4,464 yards during his career, announced his intentions on Dec. 31. 


Junior Ryan Ramczyk is entering the NFL draft after one season at Wisconsin, where he emerged from Division III transfer to All-American left tackle. 

Ramczyk posted his decision on Twitter on Tuesday. 

Ramczyk transferred from Wisconsin-Stevens Point after the 2014 season. He redshirted with the Badgers in 2015 before sliding into the left tackle position this season. The athletic, 6-foot-6 Ramczyk immediately became an anchor on the front five. 

Ramczyk says it was a difficult decision to leave. He also had surgery for a hip injury on Jan. 5, three days after Wisconsin’s 24-16 win over Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. 

The injury wasn’t serious enough for Ramczyk to miss time during the season. 

Wisconsin finished ninth in the final Top 25 poll of the year, the school’s highest end-of-season ranking since 2010. 


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